Homemade Bait Recipe for Channel Catfish

Homemade Bait Recipe for Channel CatfishThe next time you hit the water to go fishing for channel catfish, skip the bait shop and make a homemade recipe of your own. Using simple items in your own home like raw meat, garlic salt and even cornflakes will do the trick. Roll your homemade bait into small balls, or hook a piece of raw meat directly onto your hook. For more involved recipes, you need a blender and an airtight plastic container to store your homemade bait.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cheese
  • Garlic salt
  • Ketchup
  • Chicken livers
  • Cornflakes
  • Raw beef or pork
  • Measuring cups
  • Blender
  • Plastic container with lid
Step 1
Look for items you already have at home, including cheese, garlic, raw meat and ketchup. Channel catfish bite for cheese, and adding a dash of garlic salt makes the bait even more enticing. Catfish have a keen sense of smell and can find garlic from miles away.
Step 2
Try a simple channel catfish bait recipe with raw meat of any kind. Sprinkle a small slice of raw beef or pork with garlic. Place it directly on your hook.
Step 3
Place a cup of raw pork or beef, 1 tbsp. garlic salt, a slice of cheese, 1 cup cornflakes and 1/4 cup ketchup into a blender and mix. You can increase your bait recipe by doubling or tripling your ingredients. The type of meat you choose is unimportant. You can also mix a cup of leftover chicken livers and raw hot dog in the blender.
Step 4
Roll your mixed bait into small balls that fit onto your hook. Place on wax paper and continue rolling. Sprinkle the balls with garlic salt when you are finished rolling.
Step 5
Store any of your channel catfish recipes in an airtight container and freeze until you are ready to go fishing. Make your bait the morning you're going fishing for the best results.

Tips & Warnings

Don't buy expensive baits at the store. Channel catfish are content with leftover meat and garlic.
Soak your bait in vanilla extract or cherry punch if the channel catfish aren't biting.

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